Real Madrid vice-president Emilio Butragueno says Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s job as first team coach is safe for the moment despite the 3-0 home defeat to Barcelona.

“The world of football is unpredictable and if you ask me about his job it is the same as if you ask me about mine,” Butragueno told Marca on Monday.

“Luxemburgo can sleep soundly about his future as far as the next game goes. You can’t judge the ability of a coach on just one match.”

Butragueno saiid Real had been hampered by the fact that leading players like Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane had just returned from injury.

“It was one of the best Barcelona sides I have seen, but it is also true that we were not on form either. From the start they adopted a very offensive game plan, playing with three dynamic and talented forwards.

“We went into the game very stretched. We knew we had some injured players and that they had been out of action for a number of weeks and that took its toll in the end.”

Worryingly for Luxemburgo, his side now host Lyon in the Champions League, a team who are unbeaten in both Ligue 1 and Europe. Moreover they comfortably disposed of Real 3-0 when the sides met in the opening match in Group F.

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